Kimmy In The City: New York’s Role In The “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

UntitledFriends and Seinfeld: two iconic sitcoms of the 90s following a group of friends as they navigate adulthood in New York City, and two of the shows that shaped The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s titular character’s perception of New York. What else do they have in common? Neither one was actually filmed in here. That’s right two of the shows most commonly associated with the city were shot across the country on Hollywood …

“Saturday Night Live,” A 40-Year New York City Tradition

492887228_640Including the red carpet interviews, Sunday night’s Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special was 4 ½ hours long, rivaling most award shows, but even that hardly seems like enough time to fully pay tribute to the sketch show’s impact and legacy on show business.When Saturday Night Live first premiered in October of 1975 it was supposed to be a six episode variety show series, but as the show gained a fan base …

Is New York Still Artist-Friendly?

new-york-city-skyline-michael-tompsettNew York City has been the mecca for artists, writers, and musicians for basically forever. But things might be changing. In 2010, musician/writer/hipster masturbatory fodder Patti Smith expressed the discontent felt my many of the city’s art people, saying, “New York has closed itself off to the young and the struggling. But there are other cities. Detroit. Poughkeepsie. New York City has been taken away from you. So my advice is: Find a new …

Two Dead After Shooting In 23rd Street Home Depot

http---o.aolcdn.com-hss-storage-midas-3fece0b586a8ba76d6a2e5d60c2a88-201448843-150125_instagram_home_depot_shooting_originalAt around 2:30 on Sunday, January 25th, an employee of Home Depot shot and killed a coworker and shortly after committed suicide in a crowded store on West 23rd Street. The 31 year old employee exchanged a few words with his fellow coworker before firing on him several times and then turned the gun to his own head. The shooter has since been identified as Calvin Esdaile Jr; his victim, whom a co-worker identified as Moctar …

New York City’s Not A Complete Dump, Thanks To Bugs

bugs!!!!!!A recent study indicates that insects and spiders alike are providing “critical service” in urban areas like New York City. In fact, they are doing a terrific job of cleaning our streets for us.According to the National Geographic, “bugs can consume 2,100 pounds (950 kilograms) of food waste each year—the equivalent of 60,000 hot dogs” along the Broadway/West Street corridor. They are consuming so much food in New York City that without the insects, the …

“Broad City” Welcomes You To New York

bcbThere is a long history of comedies set in New York City. And oftentimes, in these comedies, the city plays as much as a roll as any cast member. What are shows like Sex and the City, 30 Rock and Seinfeld without the New York backdrop? They’re unimaginable; they’re shows that literally can take place nowhere else. In these shows, and in so many, New York City is a necessary setting, a character …

A Truly Revolutionary Clothing Brand

10422170_715445111876706_5402487674556363665_nIn early November, Ukrainians around the world will mark exactly one year since the beginning of the Euromaidan Revolution in Kyiv, now commonly referred to as the “Revolution of Dignity.” The revolution changed the course of the entire country and Ukrainians will look back at the past year with bittersweet memories – there was bloodshed and moments of hopelessness but many Ukrainians took advantage of the spotlight being shed on Ukraine to …

What Should You Do Over Fall Break?

Look_out_point_on_the_lake_at_Central_Park,_NYCIt’s time to rejoice, for we have made it to Fall Break! Half of your friends have gone home by now, and you’re sitting here trying to think of ways to make the best out of these precious but fleeting five days. We’re here to help you out.However, we know everyone likes to spend their time differently—staying inside a bedroom for an entire day can be either  heaven or hell, depending on …

Finding A Yoga Studio In New York That’s Right For You

So you’re new to the city (class of 2018, anyone?!), or maybe you’re new to yoga. Either way, it’s time to find a studio. The benefits of daily practice are something preached throughout all styles and practices of yoga, andthough  I’ve found that doing yoga on my own can be great, the benefits of actually going to class are endless.When I first moved to the city, I struggled to find a yoga …

The Lost and Found of New York City

Last week, an ancient Roman sarcophagus lid, having been stolen by an illegal art dealer, turned up in Queens. A few days ago, a goat head was found in Prospect Park. Yet neither of these is the weirdest thing lost and then found in New York.Here are some even more anomalous artifacts found in the city:1. A prosthetic leg, which doesn’t seem like the kind of thing one loses easily, showed up on the subway …

Asking For It: NYU Local Explores Street Harassment [VIDEO]

In a city where street harassment is omnipresent, many students have learned to simply deal with the catcalls and assaults that come with the territory. We don’t have much of a choice, especially in a society that still largely dismisses the too-long looks and jeering as misunderstood “compliments.” In an effort to capture the reality of what street harassment actually feels like, a few volunteers took walks around the neighborhood wearing partially hidden Go Pro video cameras. We also asked NYU students …

A Lot Of NYC Republicans Were Arrested Yesterday: A Guide

Yesterday just before dawn, two New York City pols awoke to the worst sound a sleazebag public ‘servant’ can hear – sirens. Several more operatives shared the same rude awakening, as a total of six mostly Republican politicians and political operatives were indicted for wire fraud and bribery. They are as follows: Democrat-turned-Independent-Democrat-turned-Republican-wannabe Malcolm Smith, Republican city councilman Dan Halloran, Bronx Republican fief Joseph Savino, Queens Republican vice-chair Vincent Tabone, and …

What To Do When Cynthia Nixon Knocks On Your Door: Celebrities & The NYC Mayoral Race

With the New York City mayoral race in full swing, it’s interesting to watch which candidates have lined up what celebrity endorsers. With her estimated million-vote swing to President Obama through her 2008 endorsement, Oprah reminded us about how powerful the right luminary – and the platform they can bring – can be to any candidate’s cause.It’s been interesting to watch 30 Rock debonair and obstinate Words-With-Friends-er Alec Baldwin buff …

Meet The City Hall Contenders: NYU Local’s Q&A With Mayoral Candidate Sal Albanese

After NYULocal introduced the mayoral candidates last week, longshot Democratic contender Sal Albanese volunteered to speak with us about his candidacy for City Hall and the current state of governance in New York City. Sal Albanese was a City Councilman from 1982-1997 and an NYU grad, having received his Masters’ in Health Science in 1976.This kicks off our series of interviews with every mayoral vier we can get our hands on. He …

McNally Jackson Hosts Talk On NYU: Is It A University, Or Just A Corporation?

“They shook my bed! They woke me up! Now I’m a tiger!” went the disgruntled cry of one of many long-time Greenwich Village residents in an attendance at Wednesday night’s “News from Underground” talk, hosted by NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller and held at independent bookseller McNally Jackson. The topic this week? “Is It a University, or Just a Corporation? The Case of NYU’s Expansion Plan.”  On the panel for the event along with …